Jack’s Winning Words 7/5/13
“The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.” (Longfellow) Some friends of mine live on a cliff in Nova Scotia that overlooks the Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world, 53’. Every 6 hours, high tide, low tide. Longfellow says that the events of life ebb and flow, like the tide. What seems like defeat can turn out to be victory. Maybe you’ve experienced that. Be patient, things have a way of balancing out. ;-) Jack
FROM TRIHARDER: I was just talking about the Bay of Fundy less than 12 hours ago. Spectacular place.====JACK: If I had a bucket list, the "Bay" would be on it. And, if I were younger, I'd go rafting with the tide.====TH: It's not that far away that you couldn't make it -- not like Everest Base Camp, for instance. Or even Denali. Particularly if you have friends there. It's just up the cost from Maine. ====JACK: A WB friend went to Everest, but didn't make it to the top, although he had some interesting experiences to relate. Maybe it would be for me, if I believed in reincarnation.====TH: I think that many who have died on that journey do, in fact, believe in reincarnation.====JACK: I don't know about "in fact."
FROM SHARIN' SHARON: Actually the WW that spoke to me and are most appreciated this morning are "Be patient, things have a way of balancing out." I seem to be at a divided point with someone and they seem to be putting all or at least a lot of their eggs in one basket whereas I think a couple of evenly balanced baskets would be more effective and more sustainable. Wonder if that is why the tides turn.====JACK: One of my favorite sayings...."It'll work out."
FROM RI IN BOSTON: Over my lifetime I've suffered enough defeats and enjoyed ample victories, and as you said, the victories and defeats probably have balanced out. Something I feel good about is that the victories frequently still hearten me by coming back to mind, whereas the defeats essentially have been forgotten.====JACK: What defeats? Many people don't recall that Lincoln had many defeats before he won the presidency.
FROM WALMART REV: I will always remember this old saying and have used it on numerous occasions: "Cheer up, things could be worse! I did and they were!!" Hope your Fourth went well. I certainly enjoyed mine in a parade in Spicer Minnesota... "Pastor Paul's Chaplaincy Services".====JACK: Does PPCS have a website and 800 number? Were you dressed in an Uncle Sam outfit?====REV: Just a small hometown pastor doing his small hometown thing...someone questioned if that red shirt was really red, knowing they always see me in black. Had fun!!
FROM PASTY PAT: Now I have to add Nova Scotia to my travel list --- would love to see that. ====JACK: And, there's even more (if you look it up). It reminds me of the last verse of the Gospel of John.
FROM FACEBOOK LIZ: as blondie sings, "the tide is high, but i'm holding on..."====JACK: Fundy's tide is so huge and so fast, that people surf it...and it is dangerous.
FROM CH ON CAPE COD: Hope you had a happy 4th and have a terrific 5th!====JACK: hOW BIG ARE THE TIDES ON THE cAPE?====CH: Cape Cod Bay (north side) around 10 feet (but 12 feet on a full moon); Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound (south side) about 4 feet.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: Interesting facts! I visited Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy years ago. Didn't remember these facts, however! I remember the crossing on the Ferry was very rough that day.... ====JACK: Maybe it was rough because you were going against the tide. In life, it does seem rough when you're going against the tide (in certain situations).
FROM BLAZING OAKS: Interesting facts! I visited Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy years ago, with Jan and Hal (and Bill) Didn't remember these facts, however! I remember the crossing on the Ferry was very rough that day.====JACK: Do know the hymn, "Blest be the tide that binds our hearts in Christian love?" Or is it, tie?
FROM CJL IN OHIO: Good observation. I've seen the Bay of Fundy at both high & low. It was quite remarkable anad slightly strange, to walk on the beach and look up at the formations. Most remarkable were the "flower pots" that we both looked up to and, later, down on.====JACK: I wonder if that's a "heaven" analogy.? .Now, we are looking up; later, we will be looking down...and saying, "Now I see."